NXT 2.0 7/12/2022


The show begins with a music video recapping The Great American Bash.

Suddenly, cameras cut to a parking lot where Roxanne Perez is the victim of an apparent attack. Cora Jade is by her side as Perez flails on the ground selling the beatdown. This immediately puts the women's title match in question for later tonight.

Opening match for this episode of NXT was set up in a skit last week when the two combatants had words. Crew also had words with someone else on the previous episode, which plays into the finish of his match that is up next. 



Giovanni Vinci defeats Apollo Crews

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Vinci pins Crews, after outside interference when Xyon Quinn attacks Crews at ringside.

Vinci is in control working over Crews as the show cuts to a commercial break. Crews eventually mounts a comeback when the show returns from the break.

Vinci went for a springboard off the middle rope, and Crews dropkicks him in mid-air. Crews continues to rally, and he is fired up. Crews counters Vinci to set up a trifecta of German suplexes. The live studio audience chants "suplex city."

Crews is cut off after Vinci nails him with a lariat. Vinci lifts Crews into a delayed vertical suplex, and Vinci gets a two count. Another two count for Vinci on a schoolboy roll-up. Crews then smacks Vinci in the face with a high kick.

Ever the ring general, Vinci rolls out of the ring so that Crews is unable to capitalize. A planted fan is standing up at ringside filming Vinci with a cellphone camera. Vinci snatches the phone from the fan. Crew gets Vinci and rolls him back into the ring.

Vinci rolls into the ring with the cellphone. The referee picks up the phone, and he goes across the ring to get rid of it. Meanwhile, Xyon Quinn hops the barricade behind the ref's back. Quinn attacks Crews, leveling him with a forearm smash.

After the outside interference, Quinn rolls Crews back into the ring. Vinci executes a sit-out Last Ride powerbomb, and Vinci pins Crews for a tainted victory.


McKenzie Mitchell interviews Cora Jade from a backstage set. Jade blames Toxic Attraction for the attack on Perez from earlier tonight. Jade says those "bitches" will have "hell to pay" if Perez is not cleared to wrestle tonight. Keep in mind how ready and overanxious Jade is to replace Perez. That plays into the story later on.


A vignette with Tiffany Stratton shows her at the nail salon. She compliments the person giving her a manicure, and then she buries that person to management moments later.


JD McDonagh's cheapshot on Cameron Grimes

Cameron Grimes is heading to the ring for a monologue. Hands in his pockets and head down, Grimes looks dejected as he quietly walks down the ramp.

Grimes apologizing to the fans for not winning. He flubs a line and almost calls the NXT Championship the North American Championship. Grimes rolls with it, and he turns the flub into part of the promo. Great recovery.

"Thought I was going to the moon," Grimes says, "but I crashed into the sun."

Grimes noted that NXT Champion Bron Breakker is out with a supposed injury.

Grimes' monologue is interrupted by JD McDonagh, who re-debuted last week on NXT (under his new moniker in a cliffhanger angle where he attacked Breakker).

McDonagh says he does not want to kick a guy when he is down, yet he goes on to cut a promo on Grimes.

Although he says Grimes showed a lot of heart last week, McDonagh suggests to Grimes that he "wrap up this little pity party, and do your crying in the back."

McDonagh says Grimes became old news when he lost to Breakker. McDonash begins to ramble about when he was supposed to debut. Thankfully, Grimes stops him. Grimes calls him an "Irish asshole."

They glare at each other, and McDonagh suddenly cheapshots Grimes with a headbutt to the face. Grimes fires up, but McDonagh powders to the outside. They scream at each from a distance, and Grimes rages. Clearly, this sets up a match between the two.


Damon Kemp and the Creed Brothers are watching video of Reed's match last week. Creeds leave, and Roderick Strong enters the room. He shuts off the video, and he cuts a promo on Kemp. Strong reveals he is facing Kemp in a match next week.


Grayson Waller in a backstage interview cuts a promo on Wes Lee.


Tatum Paxley defeats Kayden Carter

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Paxley pins Carter, with help from coaching by Ivy Nile.

Nile comes down to ringside during the match. Nile has been mentoring Paxley, and she offers supports as a surprise second in this bout.

Carter has Paxley in a leglock, and Paxley struggles to reach the ropes. Paxley gets a rope break, and Nile offers some quick advice. Paxley then catches Carter in a guillotine, and Paxley rolls through and transitions into a pinning position. Paxley scores the pinfall for an upset.



Joe Gacy's cult faction is now called Schism. So there's that. The hooded druids will apparently reveal themselves next week. He also invited others to set under his cult's tree, or something like that. I don't think that is the same learning tree Ernie Ladd was talking about.


In a pre-taped skit, Briggs & Jensen are drinking beer at a country bar. Fallon Henley is bartending, and they toast to Briggs & Jensen winning the NXT UK Tag Team Championship.


Into the bar walks Pretty Deadly, dressed in cowboys hats and Western apparel. Pretty Deadly cut a promo on Briggs & Jensen. There is almost a bar fight, but there is a challenge instead for a match next week on NXT. Later in the show, a NXT UK Tag Team Championship title match is made official for next Tuesday.


Sanga defeats Duke Hudson

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Sanga dominates over Hudson, and Sanga pins Hudson after a chokeslam.

Last week Sanga did a cannonball into a swimming pool. That caused Hudson to get an ear infection after he got water in his ears. Thus, they settled their dispute in a wrestling match. Sanga then wins in dominant fashion.


In a backstage interview, the Toxic Attraction trio denies any involvement in the earlier assault on Roxanne Perez.


Solo Sikoa vs. Von Wagner (with Mr. Stone & Sofia Cromwell) ends with a double countout

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The fighting begins before the bell. Sikoa meets Wagner on the entrance ramp, and brawling ensues. They get into the ring, and they lock up as the bell rings.

The hoss fight goes through a commercial break. Wagner has Sikoa grounded on the mat as the show returns from the break.

Sikoa explodes into a comeback, and the fight spills outside the ring. Wagner smashes Sikoa's head into the announce desk, and Sikoa no sells. A slugfest ensues at ringside. In the meantime, the ref counts out both. The match ends in a countout, but the two keep fighting until being pulled apart for now. Yet, the fight is not yet over. More on that later.


A great vignette features North American Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams celebrating at a penthouse pool with apparent groupies.


Lash Legend cuts a promo ahead of her match tonight against Indi Hartwell. Foreshadowing the return of a character, Legends rolls a basketball on the floor. A baseball bat stops the basketball from rolling, teasing the return of Alba Fyre.


Andre Chase and his Chase University students are touring London. A humorous video package shows Chase with his star students, Bodhi Hayward and Thea Hail, as they see the sights.


Indi Hartwell defeats Lash Legend

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Hartwell pins Legend after a distraction and a botch.

Alba Fyre appears during the match to taunt Legend. Fyre stands on a perch overlooking the ring, while the basketball seen in an earlier skit.

Hartwell slips trying to springboard off the top rope. She falls into the ring, and they call an audible. Legend goes to cover Hartwell, but Hartwell reverses it to awkwardly cradle Legend for a three count.

Fyre confronts Legend after the match, and Fyre points her bat at Legend like she is Sting. Legend flees as Fyre swings the bat at her.

Solo Sikoa and Von Wagner are still brawling. They burst through a backstage door with a slugfest. Officials and referees pour in behind them trying to separate the two.


Sikoa and Wagner continue their brawl after a commercial break, and the fight spills outside the building. They are eventually separated. Sofia Cromwell is able to calm down Wagner. Mr. Stone cuts a promo on Sikoa, who in turn tosses Stone into a nearby dumpster.


Tony D'Angelo tells Legado del Fantasma that we are about to find how loyal they are to the family.


Tony D'Angelo & Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo defeats Edris Enofe & Malik Blade

**3/4

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D'Angelo pins Blade to win the match. D'Angelo afterwards orders a beatdown.

The heels work over Enofe, until a hot tag to Blade. Stacks bumps and feeds for Blade. At ringside, D'Angelo shoves Enfoe backwards into the ring steps. That distracts Blade, pausing his rally.

Stacks cuts off Blade, and D'Angelo tags in. D'Angelo executes a twisting fisherman's buster, and he pins Blade.

Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde jump Blade after the match, acting on orders from D'Angelo. The heels lay out Blade, and they stand over him. D'Angelo seems proud of Toro and Wilde.


Nikkita Lyons denies any involvement in the assault on Roxanne Perez. However, Lyons does offer to take her place in the title match.


NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose, flanked by Toxic Attraction, is heading to the ring. Her challenger for tonight's main event remains in question.


A vignette features a new masked character named Axiom. The anonymous character takes inspiration from comic books to become his own version of a masked superhero. He debuts next week.




Up next is the main event, but first an angle.


The Spirit of '76


NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose comes to the ring alongside Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolan. Rose says Perez could not beat her tonight, and Rose claims no one can beat her for the title.


The live studio audience gets into an impromptu shouting match. "Shut the hell up" chants are countered by shouts of "let her talk."


Rose says no one can challenge her for the title because she runs NXT. Cora Jade interrupts Rose, telling Rose to shut up. Jade says the fans were promised a title match, and that is what they are going to get.


Jade says she will step in replace Perez in the title match. Suddenly, Perez hobbles on stage selling her ribs. Perez passes Jade on the entrance ramp, and Jade tries to tell Perez not to wrestle.


Jade and Perez briefly bicker. This seems to plant seeds for a future heel turn. Is Jade the unknown assailant in a Tonya Harding angle? The plot thickens.


Mandy Rose (with Toxic Attraction) defeats Roxanne Perez (with Cora Jade) to retain her title

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Rose pins Perez after outside interference, when Cora Jade turns heel on Perez.

Rose during the match works over Perez, targeting the taped up back and ribs. The match goes through a commercial break with Perez in peril.

The tape is removed around the ribs during the break, and Rose continues to target the injury when the show returns from commercials.

Perez rallies, and she makes a comeback. Rose crashes into a ring post, and she tumbles out of the ring. Perez leaps through the ropes with a dive to the outside.

Delivering her finisher on the floor, Perez executes Pop Rocks on Rose. Jade seemingly looks to help Perez, but that was a ruse. Jade then turns on Perez.

Jade takes the NXT Women's Tag Team title belt she brought to ringside with her, and she hits Perez in her injured back with the title belt. Jade has now turned on her own tag team partner, despite them still being the tag champs.

Jade sneers at Perez as Rose delivers a running knee strike that lays out Perez. Rose then covers Perez for a three count, and Rose retains her title.

Jade attacks Perez after the match, and Jade is supposed to smash a skateboard into pieces as she hits Perez with it. Instead, the skateboard breaks into pieces as Jade is swinging it, which is unintentional comedy. An enraged Jade screams she hates Perez as the show goes off the air.


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By: #GeraldRoberts


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